Seven months after his final UH football game, Tumua Tuinei is still delivering cracks.
Tuinei is headlining “Laughing On Da East-Side” on July 13 at Honey’s Restaurant at the Koolau Golf Course. Admission is $10, with the first side-splitter at 8 p.m. James Mane and Shannon Cantan are the opening acts. Tickets are available through brownpapertickets.com
“My mom’s family is from that side,” Tuinei said of Oahu’s East side. “They’re always asking me to try to do a show from there. I figured, I’d try to do a show from there and give them some comedy, some entertainment.”
The event will be video recorded with the intent of submitting it to Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for consideration.
It has been quite a busy schedule for the former Warrior. He has lost count of the number of comedy shows he has performed since joining the circuit two years ago. Last night, he was the opener for Pauly Shore at the Blue Note Hawaii. Shore is an actor and comedian whose mother, Mitzi Shore, co-founded The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Mitzi Shore died in April 2018.
Tuinei’s path from UH football player to entertainer is not unprecedented. Consider:
> Nicky Clark also performed as a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles. After his UH career as a running back ended, Clark was an assistant sports information director at UH. He eventually moved back to California, but has kept in touch with former Warriors such as Gary Allen and David Toloumu. Clark and former UH track coach Rick Nakashima coordinate the annual bus trip for UH games in Southern California or Las Vegas.
> Greg Cummins is a former punter who went on to act in “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Bosch,” among several roles.
> At UH, he was Henry Kaaihue. On the stage, he is Henry Kapono. He does not need a Google search.
> Raphael Ieru was an offensive lineman who now is an accomplished musical artist known as SLiKK. Here’s Beyond Paradise
> It was amazing when former offensive lineman Laupepa Letuli was able to do back flips during player-run practices. Now Letuli amazes with his musical talents.
> Former safety Doe Henderson, along with ex-wideout Gerald Lacey, co-founded Dynasty Records.
> Former wideout Ollie Myrick released a hip-hop tape.
> Before becoming an actor and musician, Nephi Hannemann was a Warrior.
> It’s OK to exhale when Dwayne Johnson is jumping out of moving cars or fighting really, really bad guys. That’s actually his stunt double, Tanoai Reed, rolling for The Rock.
> No Rich Miano and Leonard Peters don’t count as entertainers in their air-conditioner ads, and while John Veneri is entertaining, he might not qualify as an entertainer. But the late Lex Brodie earned enough credits with his “thank you, very much” commercials. And the next time you’re watching a movie with your feet up and your elbows resting comfortably, give thanks to former quarterback Johnny Macon, whose company installed those movie chairs.